Self-storage Construction Increasing

Private investors continue to place assets in Self-storage for income and capital appreciation, new units are absorbed quickly to meet growing consumer demand. Today 9.4% of all households use a self storage space, for a variety of reasons.

Below is Self-storage Sector Snapshot

U.S. self-storage sector snapshotData
Annual industry revenue$38 billion
Number of storage facilities (range)44,000-52,000
Total rentable self-storage space2.3 billion square feet
Self-storage space per person7.06 square feet
Percentage of households that rent a self-storage unit9.4 percent
Average monthly cost for a self-storage unit$91.14


Number of self-storage facilities in the U.S.

Between 44,149 (Self-Storage Almanac, 2018) and 52,000 (Self Storage Association, 2018). Sources vary depending on definition and methodology.

Industry ownership is fragmented, with 18% of facilities owned by the six largest public companies, 8% owned by the next top 100 operators (minus the REITs), and 74% owned by small operators. (Self-Storage Almanac, 2018)

Largest self-storage operators (publicly traded) in the U.S. (by annual revenue)

  1. Public Storage: $2.51 billion (2017)
  2. Extra Space Storage: $1.1 billion (2017)
  3. CubeSmart: $558.94 million (2017)
  4. Life Storage: $529.75 million (2017)
  5. U-Haul: $286.89 million (fiscal 2017 – self-storage revenue only)
  6. National Storage Affiliates Trust: $268.13 million (2017)

Data from most recently reviewed company earnings reports.

Largest self-storage operators in the U.S. (by number of facilities, owned or managed)

  1. Public Storage: 2,386
  2. Extra Space Storage: 1,483
  3. U-Haul: 1,482
  4. CubeSmart: 936
  5. Life Storage: 675
  6. National Storage Affiliates Trust: 533

Data from most recently reviewed company earnings reports. U-Haul number reported by MiniCo Storage Almanac 2018.

Author: Paul McIntyre

Chief Compliance Officer

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